By the time the Philadelphia Flyers next skate on their home ice of the Wells Fargo Center against the Montreal Canadiens, it will be Jan. 8. That means that they will have gone two months without losing a game at home, and that is the No. 1 reason for the Flyers’ turnaround and why they head into the Christmas break over .500 and in prime playoff position.
Tonight’s 4-1 win over the Minnesota Wild marked the ninth straight victory at home for the Flyers. After starting out 2-7 at home, they have improved to 11-7 and overall, they sit at 17-16-4. Tonight, the Flyers got two goals from Wayne Simmonds,one from Claude Giroux, and one from Luke Schenn. Giroux now has a seven-game point streak and Jakub Voracek‘s streak is up to eight with his two-assist night.
After the break, the Flyers head on the road for a six game trip, but I bet they cannot wait to get back to the Wells Fargo Center. During the nine game streak, they have scored four or more goals seven times, and it hasn’t just been the offense that has surged during this streak, as they have allowed two goals or less in all but one of the nine games.
After losing seven out of their first eight games on the season, the Flyers seemed poised to make a run to the postseason. Steve Mason has been a little inconsistent as of late, but was very solid tonight, and Giroux, Simmonds and Voracek are red hot. Because of the hole they dug themselves, they need to win as many games as possible, especially at home. But after a miserable start, the Flyers should be extremely happy with where they are right now.